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The History of WICS, Springfield
  Page 1
The First 10 Years, 1953-1964
  Page 2
Moving to Cook Street and Becoming Full Color 1965-1978
  Page 3
Plains Television to Guy Gannett, 1978-1994
  Page 4
NBC and from Guy Gannett to Sinclair, 1995-2004
  Page 5
The ABC Years/HD, 2005-present


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WICD, Channel 15, Champaign, Illinois History
 
Page 5: Guy Gannett Communications to Sinclair Ownership (1995-2004)

WICS Regains a Central Illinois Partner

With the purchase of WICD by Guy Gannet Communications, WICS and WICD were once again under common ownership.  This would once again place the management of both stations under Jack Conners.  Former WICS news director Les Vann would serve as station manager of WICD in Champaign.

The operations of WICS saw very little change in the operation, other than the re-branding of WICS under the "News Channel 20" label.  The newscasts would continue to be anchored by Don Hickman, Susan Finzen, Gus Gordon and Paul Wappell. 


Popular NBC Shows Airing on WICS from 1995-2004
"ER" "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" "Seinfeld"
"Leeza" "The Single Guy"
"Caroline in the City"
"Today"
"Friends"
"Third Rock from the Sun" "Saved by the Bell"
"Sunset Beach" "Frasier" "The Naked Truth" "Boston Common"
"Another World"
"Law and Order" "Dateline"

"Suddenly Susan"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Will and Grace"
"Fired Up"
"Mad About You"
"Veronica's Closet"

"Just Shoot Me"
"Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"" "Jesse"
"The West Wing"
"Providence"
"Medium"
"Scrubs"
"The Apprentice"
"Law and Order: Criminal Intent""
"Crossing Jordan"

Schedule of Programming on WICS, Channel 20  from the week of  March 2-8, 1996
Saturday, March 2, 1996

6:30 am Jelly Bean Jungle
7:00 am Today WICD
              Nick News WICS
7:30 am Today(con't) WICD
              Martha Stewart Living WICS
8:00 am Today(con't) WICD
              News-local news WICS
9:00 am  Sports Plus WICD
               infomercail-no programming
9:30 am Hang Time
10:00 am  Saved by the Bell
10:30 am  California Dreams
11:00 am  NBA Inside Stuff
11:30 am  Saved by the Bell
12:00 pm  American Television Time
12:30 pm Atlanta Olympic Special
1:00 pm Track and Field
3:00 pm Gymnastics
5:00 pm infomercail-no programming
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Home Improvement 5
7:00 pm  Lyndon LaRouche-paid political
7:30 pm Nerd
8:00 pm Hope and Gloria
8:30 pm Home Court
9:00 pm Sisters
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live
12:00 am Sightings 4
1:00 am Empty Nest 5
1:30 am infomercial-no programming

Sunday, March 3, 1996

7:00 am Today WICD
               infomercial-no programming  WICS
8:00 am Kenneith Copeland-religion
9:00 am infomercial-no programming
10:00 am Meet the Press
11:00 am infomercial-no programming
11:30 am NBA Showtime
12:00 pm NBA Basketball
2:30 pm NBA Basketball
5:00 pm Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 5
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm Crimes of the Century
7:00 pm Mad About You
7:30 pm Movie "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Seinfield 5
11:05 pm Coach 5
11:35 pm One West Waikaki 4
12:35 am Extra 4
             

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, March 4-8, 1996

5:30 am NBC News at Sunrise
6:00 am NBC News at Sunrise WICD
               News-local news WICS
7:00 am Today
9:00 am  Real Life 4
10:00 am Montel 4
11:00 am Leeza 
12:00 pm News-local news
12:30 pm Coach 5
1:00 pm Another World
2:00 pm Days of Our Lives
3:00 pm Ricki Lake 4
4:00 pm Full House 5
4:30 pm Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 5
5:00 pm Home Improvement 5
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfield 5


Monday, March 4, 1996

7:00 pm 3rd Rock from the Sun
7:30 pm Brotherly Love
8:00 pm Seinfeld
8:30 pm Frasier
9:00 pm Mad About You
9:30 pm Newsradio
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4
 


Tuesday, March 4, 1996

7:00 pm Wings
7:30 pm 3rd Rock from the Sun
8:00 pm Frasier
8:30 pm John Larroquette
9:00 pm Dateline
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4


Wednesday, March 5, 1996

7:00 pm National Geographic-special
8:00 pm Dateline
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4



Thursday, March 6, 1996

7:00 pm Friends
7:30 pm Single Guy
8:00 pm Seinfeld
8:30 pm Caroline in the City
9:00 pm E.R.
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4


Friday, March 7, 1996

7:00 pm Unsolved Mysteries
8:00 pm Dateline
9:00 pm Homicide: Life on the Street
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4
2:35 pm infomercials-no programming

Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV and/or the WICS studios are in italics


4-syndicated first run
5-syndicated off network local origination

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)











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Syndicated Shows Airing on WICS from 1995-2005
"Martha Stewart Show"
"Home Improvement"
"Sightings"
"Empty Nest"
"Seinfeld"
"Coach"
"One West Waikaki"
"Extra"
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
"Full House"
"Montel Williams"
"Maury Povich Show"
"Judge Mills Lane" "V.I. P." "Baywatch Hawaii"
"Donny &Marie"
"Live with Regis & Kathie Lee"
"Roseanne"
"Grace Under Fire"
"Andromeda"

"The Invisible Man"
"Crossing Jordan"
"The Hollywood Squares"

 
 


 




Here  is a complete WICS newscast from August of 1999.

(from You Tube and may be withdrawn at any time)


This is a series of clips from several WICS Sunrise Today editions from around 2000. The show was co-anchored with Jennifer Lindsey and the late Pat Gordon.  Weather was from Kevilee Douglas and substitute Sean McLaughlin.

more to come














Schedule of Programming on WICS, Channel 20  from the week of November 13-19, 1999 
Saturday, November 13, 1999

6:00 am Today
8:00 am News-local news(originated at WICS)
9:00 am Saved by the Bell
9:30 am Hang Time
10:00 am City Guys
10:30 am One World
11:00 am City Guys
11:30 am NBA Inside Stuff
12:30 pm Auto Racing
3:00 pm NASCAR Behind the Scenes
4:00 pm NBA Special
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Judge Lane 4
7:00 pm Freaks and Geeks
8:00 pm Pretender
9:00 pm Profiler
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live
12:00 am V.I.P. 4
1:00 am Saturday Night Live


Sunday, November 14, 1999

7:00 am Today
8:00 am Kenneth Copeland-religion
8:30 am Hour of Power-religion
9:30 am infomercial-no programming
10:00 am Meet the Press
11:00 am infomercial-no programming
11:30 am Auto Racing
3:00 pm Triathlon
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm Dateline
7:00 pm Third Watch
8:00 pm Movie "Mary Mother of Jesus" (1999)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35pm Seinfeld 5
11:05 pm Baywatch Hawaii 4
12:05 pm Dream Team 4



Weekdays, Monday-Friday, Nov 15-19, 1999

4:30 am Early Today
5:00am News-local news *
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Live: Regis & Kathie Lee 4
10:00 am Donny & Marie
11:00 am Later Today
12:00 pm News-local news *
12:30 pm infomercial-no programming
1:00 pm Passions-serial
2:00 pm Days of Our Lives-serial
3:00 pm Montel Williams 4
4:00 pm Judge Mills Lane 4
4:30 pm Judge Mills Lane 4
5:00 pm Home Improvement 5
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Sienfeld




Monday, November 15, 1999

7:00 pm Friends
7:30 pm Veronica
8:00 pm Law & Order
9:00 pm Dateline
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:05 am Ricki Lake 4
2:05 am Tonight Show
3:00 am Rosanne 5
4:00 am Grace Under Fire 5


Tuesday, November 16, 1999

7:00 pm Just Shoot Me
7:30 pm 3rd Rock from the Sun
8:00 pm Will & Grace
8:30 pm Just Shoot Me
9:00 pm Dateline
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:05 am Ricki Lake 4
2:05 am Tonight Show
3:00 am Rosanne 5
4:00 am Grace Under Fire 5

Wednesday, November 17, 1999

7:00 pm Dateline
8:00 pm West Wing
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:05 am Ricki Lake 4
2:05 am Tonight Show
3:00 am Rosanne 5
4:00 am Grace Under Fire 5



Thursday, November 18, 1999

7:00 pm Friends
7:30 pm Jesse
8:00 pm Frasier
8:30 pm Stark Raving
9:00 pm E.R.
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:05 am Ricki Lake 4
2:05 am Tonight Show
3:00 am Rosanne 5
4:00 am Grace Under Fire 5


Friday, November 9, 1979

7:00 pm Providence
8:00 pm Dateline
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:35 am Ricki Lake 4
2:30 am Tonight Show
3:30 am Rosanne 5
4:30 am Grace Under Fire 5
5:00 am Dream Team 4
Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV and/or the WICS studios are in italics
*with the curator of this website, Doug Quick

4-syndicated first run
5-syndicated off network local origination

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)








(Left): The NewsChannel 20 main anchor lineup including from
left to right: Gus Gordon (weather), Don Hickman (anchor), Susan
Finzen (anchor) and Paul Wappell (sports).

(Picture from WICS)




(Left): 
Part of the broadcast responsibilities of the hometown TV station in the state's capital is the live broadcasts from the Illinois State Fair. 

Here the WICS technical staff, along with air talent gather for picture from a state fair during the 1990's.

Anchors pictured include Gus Gordon, Don Hickman, Susan Finzen and Paul Wappel.

(from the Gus Gordon Collection)


Schedule of Programming on WICS, Channel 20  from the week of  May 11-17,  2002
Saturday, May 11, 2002

7:00 am Today
9:00 am City Guys
9:30 am All About Us
10:00 am Just Deal
10:30 am City Guys
11:00 am Sk8
11:30 am NBA Inside Stuff
12:00 pm infomercial-no programming
2:00 pm NBA Showtime
2:30 pm NBA Basketball Playoffs
5:00 pm infomercial-no programming
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfeld 5
7:00 pm Movie "Three Kings" (1999)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live
12:00 am Andromda 4
incomplete listings


Sunday, May 12, 2002

7:00 am Today
8:00 am Kenneth Copeland-religion
8:30 am Hour of Power-religion
9:30 am infomercial-no programming
10:00 am Meet the Press
11:00 am NBA Showtime
11:30 am NBA Basketball Playoffs
2:00 pm NBA Basketball Playoffs
4:30 pm NBA Basketball Playoffs
7:00 pm Weakest Link
8:00 pm Movie "L.A.Law: The Movie" (2002)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Hollywood Squares-game 4
11:05 pm Invisible Man 4
12:05 am Sheena 4
incomplete listings

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, May 13-17, 2002

4:30 am Early Today
5:00am News-local news *
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Live: Regis & Kathie Lee 4
10:00 am Martha Stewart 4
11:00 am Later Today
12:00 pm News-local news *
12:30 pm infomercial-no programming
1:00 pm Passions-serial
2:00 pm Days of Our Lives-serial
3:00 pm Montel Williams 4
4:00 pm Crossing Jordan 4
5:00 pm News, Weather-local news
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Sienfeld


Monday, May 13, 2002

7:00 pm Fear Factor
8:00 pm Third Watch
9:00 pm Crossing Jordan
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings



Tuesday, May 14, 2002

7:00 pm NBC's Funniest Outtakes
8:00 pm Frasier
8:30 pm Scrubs
9:00 pm Dateline
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

7:00 pm Ed
8:00 pm West Wing
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings


Thursday, May 16, 2002

7:00 pm Friends
8:00 pm Will & Grace
9:00 pm E.R.
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings

Friday, May 17, 2002
7:00 pm Dateline
9:00 pm Law & Order: Special Victims
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings

Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV and/or the WICS studios are in italics


4-syndicated first run
5-syndicated off network local origination

7-Public Affairs

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)




Matt Vannover


Susan Finzen and Julie Staley


Sean McLaughlin and Jennifer Lindsey
Pat Gordon, Jennifer Lindsey and Kevilee Douglas
Unknown Sunrise Today Anchor




(left): The on-air staff of WICS in the late 1990s.
Those include (from left to right): Pat Gordon, Jerome Ritchey, Elizabeth Wooley, unknown, unknown, Jerry Lambert, Wendy Ryan, Pat Gordon and Kevilee Douglas

(from the Gus Gordon Collection and WICS)


Schedule of Programming on WICS, Channel 20  from the week of  October 30-November 6,  2004
Saturday, October 30, 2004

7:00 am  Today
9:00 am Kenny the Shark
9:30 am Tutenstein
10:00 am Trading Spaces
10:30 am Endurance
11:00 am Strange Days at Blake Hollsey High
11:30 am Darcy's Wild Life
12:00 am Horse Racing
5:00 pm infomercial-no programming
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfield 5
7:00 pm Scare Tactics
7:30 pm Scare Tactics
8:00 pm Ghost Hunters
9:00 pm Law & Order: SVU
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live
12:00 am Andromeda 4
incomplete listings


Sunday, November 1, 2004

6:00 am infomercial-no programming
7:00 am Today
8:00 am Believers-religion
8:30 am In Touch-religion
9:30 am infomercials-no programming
10:00 am Meet the Press
11:00 am Countdown to Green
11:30 am NASCAR Racing
3:00 pm Bullriding
5:00 pm infomercials-no programming
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm Dateline
7:00 pm American Dreams
8:00 pm Law & Order
9:00 pm Crossing Jordan
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35pm Seinfeld 5
11:05 pm Entertianment Tonight 4
12:05 pm The Insider 4
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
incomplete listings

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, Nov 2-6, 2004

5:00 am News-local news
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Live with Regis and Kelly 4
10:00 am Today
11:00 am Would You Like to be a Millionaire 4
11:30 sm Judge Judy 4
12:00 pm News-local news
12:30 pm infomercial-no programming
1:00 pm Passions
2:00 pm Days of Our Lives
3:00 pm Montel Williams 4
4:00 pm The Insider 4
4:30 pm Entertainment Tonight 4
5:00 pm News, Weather-local news
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfield 5
 



Monday, November 2, 2004

7:00 pm Fear Factor
8:00 pm Las Vegas
9:00 pm SNL Presidental Bash-special
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm The Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am Last Call
1:05 am infomercials-no programming




Tuesday, November 3, 2004

6:30 pm  Decision 2004-Election Night Coverage
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Decison 2004-Election Night Coverage



Wednesday, November 4, 2004

7:00 pm LAX
8:00 pm The West Wing
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm The Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am Last Call
1:05 am infomercials-no programming


Thursday, November 5, 2004

7:00 pm Joey
7:30 pm Will & Grace
8:00 pm The Apprentice
9:00 pm E.R.
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm The Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am Last Call
1:05 am infomercials-no programming

Friday, November 6, 2004

7:00 pm Dateline
8:00 pm Third Watch
9:00 pm Medical Investigation
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm The Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am Last Call
1:05 am infomercials-no programming


Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV and/or the WICS studios are in italics


4-syndicated first run
5-syndicated off network local origination

7-Public Affairs

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)



Jerry Lambert
Don Hickman and Betsy Moore
Elizabeth Wooley

Elizabeth Wooley

Susan Fenzin and Julie Staley

Jerry Lambert
Julie Staley





During the Summer of 2004 it was announced that WAND would become the markets NBC station.  This left WICS and WICD without a major network affiliation.  Later in the year, Sinclair signed the stations with ABC.  The switch was to take place on Labor Day of 2005.

The switch ended up being one of most confusing things to happen to local TV since the advent of cable TV.  While the network programming would shift from one set of stations to another, the syndicated shows would remain on the original stations, with some shifting time slots. 

Find out more about the first central Illinois network shift since 1958 and 1960 in Part 6 of the History of WICD.....and in a future part of the History of WICS and WAND still waiting to be produced.




Page 5 is next... and it's coming soon!

The History of WICS, Springfield
  Page 1
The First 10 Years, 1953-1964
  Page 2
Moving to Cook Street and Becoming Full Color 1965-1978
  Page 3
Plains Television to Guy Gannett, 1978-1994
  Page 4
NBC and from Guy Gannett to Sinclair, 1995-2004
  Page 5
The ABC Years/HD, 2005-present


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